I had thought I needed a haircut badly because it was looking out of shape but it appears what I only needed was to change my shampoo.Â Â
Myth about shampoo
I have been using the REF 335 shampoo for quite a long time now and I decided to switch back to my Redken Body Full on a whim yesterday. VoilÃ !Â My hairÂ not only felt lighter, but looked a lot better with more volume and shape!Â Then I remembered this myth about how the same shampoo doesn’t work wellÂ after awhile because the hair gets too used to it.Â So does this mean this is true?
I think it’s probably true that we need to rotate our shampoo for best performance but the real reasonÂ is more like because the products are building up on our hair.
Conditioner build up
Actually before I tried REF 335, I was using Redken for many years without too much problems.Â But I got fed up with the price hike and switched to REF 335 upon recommendation and since it worked well, I stuck to it for quite a while.Â I believe the problem with REF 335 could be in the conditioning ingredients.Â It’s not a 2 in 1 type of shampoo but it does containÂ Tamanu oil and silk proteinsÂ which could have weighed down my hair overtime as all conditioners are known to leave some amount of product on our hair although a lightweight conditioner will leave less behind.
So if you’ve been using a 2 in 1 shampoo for some time and you find that it hasn’t been giving you the results you desire, perhaps it’s time to switchÂ and go back to using two separate products; a shampoo plus a conditioner.
Other reasons for theÂ build up
But it’s not only the 2 in 1 shampoos that could cause this buildup.Â A shampoo withÂ cheaper ingredientsÂ can often leave a film on the surface of the hair andÂ styling products like gel, mousse, hairspray can do the same.Â In addition, I read that changes in weatherÂ and even water conditions make quite a lot of difference to how your favorite shampoo works.
Or it could even be because you’re not shampooing right as you should be applying the shampoo from your hand and not directly from the bottle onto your scalpÂ so asÂ to minimize the product buildup.
Using a cleansing shampoo
So to answer the question I have posed in my title, it’s not necessary to change your shampoo often if you don’t want to.Â But you may wish to rotate with another shampoo.Â Or if you find that your favorite shampoo isn’t working the way it used to,Â considerÂ using baking soda rinse or a clarifying shampoo.Â
I recommend Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo which is made for this purpose.Â The product is said toÂ instantly remove up to 70% of dulling residue build-up caused by continuous use of even the best shampoos, conditioners and styling products.Â Â It used to be my favorite shampoo because it was so mild and I could use it everyday.